Banker sets record
After Kallie Banker hit a three-pointer in the first half of Grand Island's 52-23 win over Lew-Port, the girls basketball game was stopped and she didn't know why.
The reason? The basket made Banker the school's all-time leading scorer. With 17 points Thursday, the junior now has 1,215 for her career. The old mark was 1,209 set by Ashley Frieday in 2005.
"The biggest thing is that she keeps trying to get better," Grand Island coach Jenepher Banker said. "She'll just keep working on her weaknesses and she's pretty complete right now. Kallie can go right, go left, pull up or hit a three.
"That's because she worked that hard and developed every part of her game."
Against Lew-Port, the Vikings got out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter and cruised.
Brooke DeMarco and Danielle Wegrzyn added 11 apiece in the win as Grand Island stayed undefeated at 13-0 overall and 9-0 in the the Niagara Frontier League.
Lalka leads Tonawanda
Tonawanda led Cleveland Hill by five points at halftime. In this battle between ECIC IV boys basketball teams, the Warriors seemed to be in control Thursday night.
But Tonawanda coach Hank Hughes wasn't pleased. His team was getting pushed around. Players weren't answering the call physically.
"I told the team they control their own destiny," Hughes said. "We needed to go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs. I got into them pretty good and they responded. They matched their physicality and played with energy."
The result was a 57-48 win for Tonawanda (10-3, 7-1). Riding huge nights by Jesse Lalka (29 points, 10 rebounds) and Clayton Hess (19 points, 10 rebounds), The News' No. 9 ranked small school topped Cleveland Hill (7-5, 4-4).
Lalka drove to the hoop repeatedly. The junior was 14 of 16 at the foul line as Tonawanda never trailed.
"Jesse played really strong today," Hughes said. "He was really taking it to the bucket and when they played off him, he hit a few threes."
So next week is a much-anticipated showdown with JFK. Hughes hopes his team's at full strength. After the game, Hess planned on going to the hospital with a bad wrist. His hand was severely swollen.
"Our first game with them was a barnburner," the coach said. "We'll just keep taking it one game at a time."
The Golden Eagles were led by Daryl Spencer's 20 points.
In other boys action, Cheektowaga defeated Springville, 73-44, in ECIC III play. Aswad Jones scored 17 points, as Brandon Nance added 16.
In Monsignor Martin action, St. Mary's held off a pesky one-win Nichols team, 76-64. Four Lancers scored in double figures, led by Nathan Meyers' 17.
Iannello nets winner
Right about now is when plenty of budding hockey players in eighth grade are deciding which school to attend. Thus, St. Joe's coach Rich Crozier knows how big his team's 1-0 win over rival Canisius was on Thursday in a Western New York Federation game at Northtown Center.
"We like to think of ourselves as two of the top Catholic high schools in the area," he said. "A win like this can go a long way in the future of a hockey program."
Aaron Iannello scored with 4:04 left to lift St. Joe's to a win as Marc Mallare made 18 saves. On the game-winner, senior captain Rob Ness led a 3-on-2 rush and fired a hard, low shot on net. The puck trickled out and Iannello stuffed it home.
"It was one of those great hockey plays you work on in practice," Crozier said. "We got it into the zone and scored."
With the win, St. Joe's (15-4-1) matches its win total from last season and earns the top seed in the upcoming Fed private school playoffs.